THE 2015 Pennant season is off and running and the Jamberoo teams recorded excellent results in the first round.
At Wollongong Golf Club the White Horse Cup team scored an emphatic 5 matches to 1 victory over Bowral. At St George’s Basin, the C Pennant team overwhelmed Moss Vale 5 matches to 0 and at the Grange, the B pennant team suffered a frustrating 3.5 to 1.5 loss to the Grange. With two matches losing on the 18th green and one on the 17th the team was close in a very difficult first encounter against the home side. Despite the loss the B’s are in with a great chance of making the semi-finals.
All three match reports now below.
White Horse Cup
Report by Chris Goodwin, Acting captain
There was a lot of excitement at Wollongong Golf Course early on Sunday 1st February for the first round of the White Horse Cup. Being the start of the Pennant season, everyone seemed to be up for the event. The shirts and caps (thanks to Mike Harris for looking after this aspect for us) were presented to each player and we all moved to the putting green to size up our opponents, if only we knew what they were wearing.
We lead off with the ever reliable Brian O’Hare, our most seasoned campaigner, but despite his best efforts on the day he was beaten 3 and 2 by a wily old customer. Better fortunes awaited the rest of the team with everyone recording sound wins. We were probably a bit lucky that some of us were familiar with Wollongong layout and with the greens having been freshly rolled, they were a joy to putt on.
Following Brian off the 1st tee was myself who was lucky to draw an opponent who was having a horror day. Despite all his efforts he couldn’t take a trick on the day and lost 8 and 6. Just behind me was Col Booth who was firing on the day and he eventually won 6 and 4. Steve Jackson was next on the tee and was solid throughout his round eventually running out a winner by 4 and 2.
Second last to hit the course was Larry Kent who had to play off a lower handicap than his current handicap. Despite this slight disadvantage, Larry proved you can’t keep a good man down and triumphed 6 and 4. Our low handicapper on the day was Scott Hainsworth who was playing off a handicap of 11, against a young opponent playing off 6. It was a daunting prospect but with a steady game, Scott was successful on the day by 6 and 5.
The overall result was therefore a strong win to Jamberoo 5 to Bowral 1. It was very encouraging to see everyone in good form at the start of the season. I rang our absent Captain Dave Ransom to deliver the good news and to say he was thrilled was an understatement. Our next round is against St Georges Basin to played at Bowral on Sunday 8th February and it is hoped we can put on another fine display.
B Grade Pennants
Report by Ray Orr, Team Manager
1st Feb 2015- Jamberoo v The Grange at the Grange
WELL it was always going to be a big ask to knock of our first opponent at their home course. We nearly pulled it off but fell down at the last hurdle. The final score of 3 ½ to 1 ½ did not reflect the closeness of the tussle.
Pete Munro playing at No.5 had a great match with his opponent which finally finished in a sweaty palmed (mine not Pete’s) ending on the 18th. Both players had putts to win the match with both burning the edge. This was a great result as Pete had been down 2 holes for a good portion of the back 9 until he threw a left right combination on holes 15 and 16 to draw level. Pete nearly went 1 up after 17 when his putt just missed. The man in the hat is back!
Next match again was a very tight one that went to the 18th. Tony Panecasio played solid golf for most of the game and had led his match all day until the finishing holes. The opposition finished strongly over the difficult closing holes and managed to draw even by the 18th. Unfortunately a fairy tale ending was not in the offing as the Grange player was able to close out the match on the last. A feature of Tony’s play was his shot making on the par 3’s which he played beautifully.
The man who last missed a fairway in 1989 was our next contestant. Pat Paris played his usual solid no frills game and held a 2 hole advantage by the 10th. The Grange player obviously had some special sauce on his snag at the turn as he proceeded to go beresk on the back 9. Pat’s opponent had 5 straight pars from the 13th to the 17th which was enough to win the match 2 and 1. Pat was seen leaving the course muttering about how he had seen the best and worse of golf in one weekend. He was still in a state of shock over how badly his partner in the Saturday foursomes had murdered his tee shots. I personally was very offended to hear that he had entertained his opponent with a blow by blow description of my play throughout the match.
Team regular Paul Hazeltine had an absorbing match at No. 2 and again had to fight right to the end. Paul was a couple up through to the 13th hole where the momentum changed and his opponent started to erode his lead. The loss of the 13th and 16th holes saw the match all square going up the 17th, which was halved. So again here we are at the tricky 160m par 3 18th with the match in balance. I’m afraid that this story ends badly for the good guys with the Grange player winning the last. Paul noted that his wedge play from 50m in was not up to his usual high standard and that was the deciding factor at the end of the day.
Perennial No. 1 Adrian Bell had his usual solid day out giving his opponent no chance from the get go. Adrian was 3 up very early in his match which include a 100ft (was getting longer all day) putt from off the green on the 2nd for birdie. His opponent was starting to wonder what he had got himself into by this stage. The Rock managed to get to 5 up at one stage but pulled out the slippers, had a glass of red and coasted home to win 2 and 1. This was a great result as the Grange played was off the minimum handicap allowed (5.6) and Adrian’s current handicap is 7.4.
So in summary we nearly had the perfect start to our pennants season. It should be noted that as well as having to give home ground advantage to our opponents we also gave away a fair bit in handicap as the Granges average was exactly 7 whilst ours averaged out at 8.8. I would also like to thank Mathew Bell and Steve Rippon for their support on the day. As a finishing point I am glad to report that I managed to obtain a free sausage on a bun from the nice lady on the BBQ.
Report By Chris Leckey
Round 1 V Moss Vale @ St Georges Basin
Jamberoo 5 Moss Vale 0
THE “C” started the 2015 season with a resounding win.
Peter Francis was captain and led from the front with a 4/2 win, after being 5 up on the front 9 Pete cruised to a comfortable win.
The Hot Import from the White Horse Cup team was Anthony Smith, and he put on a clinic to beat his opponent 6/5.
Ever reliable Tom Zimmermann was another to show no mercy with a 6/5 win…continuing his undefeated form from last year and even further back!!
Tim Young is back in the team and won a tight match 2/1. Tim enjoyed his game at the Basin so much he became quite friendly with the local kangaroos!!
Our No.1 Arthur Bosanquet played his usual classy golf to win 3/2.
The team was cheered on by caddies Boyd Sylvester, Bob Wright and photographer Wayne Griffiths.
This year’s team is Chris Leckey, Peter Francis, Tom Zimmermann, Arthur Bosanquet, Tim Young, Boyd Sylvester and Wayne Griffiths.
We move on to Round 2 V the always hard to beat Port Kembla @ Wollongong.